Hey guys! So I’ve spent the past several days fretting over this week in a serious way as it has become increasingly apparent that all the things I need/want to do — they cannot all be done. I leave tomorrow to spend an extended weekend at the NY homestead, where we’ll be celebrating my mom’s birthday (happy early birthday, mom!), and then she and I will be stepping on each other’s toes as we whip up a bunch of desserts for the annual West Kortright Centre fair. So those incomplete posts in the queue will remain that way for now, and I’ll instead just talk about some things that have been going on around here!
1. I have a guest post up over at Will Cook For Friends! Willow and her husband are off honeymooning, so I made some tasty cantaloupe, basil, & Lillet popsicles (slightly boozified for celebratory purposes).
2. I wrangled with a big bunch of cilantro for a post in the Halfway to Dinner column over at Food52! It was lots of fun to put together all of those dishes (and it made me realize how much I enjoy having a direction from the get-go that requires a bit of brainstorming, as well as a person to bounce ideas off of). And be on the lookout for another post happening in the near future!
3. I want to chat a little bit about the baking extravaganza that will be my weekend, so let’s talk TREATS: For the past couple years, I’ve made rainbow cakes (because no parent can say no to a $5 slice of cake when their child’s eyes are wider than saucers). But I decided to forgo the cake this year (you can probably imagine how scary it is to transport a 6-layer cake several miles down the bumpiest dirt road in late-summer weather) and focus on a couple homemade versions of classic childhood snacks instead: Hostess Cupcakes + Oatmeal Cream Pies (although I will try the cream pies with a marshmallow-y filling, since I’ll be making that for the cupcakes anyway). (I had grand plans to try making Bouchon Oh-Ohs, but I have a feeling that might end in disaster with everything else going on.) Also, there will be pie bars, these brownies, and we’re even muscling our way into the non-dessert side of things with Alanna’s awesome farro salad. Woop!
And a few things I’m obsessing over:
The gorgeousness of this cake.
Oatmeal pancakes! Complete with mad sexy chocolate puddle.
The gorgeous photo of tomatoes at the end of this post. (Not to mention the peach butter with honey & cardamom, which sounds amazing!)
And that’s my story until next week, friends! Until then, you can count on me documenting the weekend’s baking chaos, instagram-style. :)